The American is an Infidel Fighting the Muslims – Hence, the Muslims Must Fight Him Everywhere
Posted by thebosun on October 25, 2007
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Special Dispatch-Jihad & Terrorism Studies Project/Afghanistan October 25, 2007 No. 1749
Jihad Commander in Afghanistan Sheikh Al-Ustadh Yasser in New Al-Sahab Video: “The American is an Infidel Fighting the Muslims – Hence, the Muslims Must Fight Him Everywhere”
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On October 21, 2007, the Islamist website Al-Ekhlaas, hosted by Layered Technologies, Inc. in Texas, USA, posted a 90-minute video, produced by Al-Sahab, featuring an interview with Afghani jihad commander Sheikh Muhammad Yasser (known as Sheikh Al-Ustadh Yasser). The sheikh was released from an Afghan prison in March 2007 in exchange for an Italian journalist abducted by the Taliban. According to the video, he served as a minister in the three governments that preceded the rise of the Taliban, and later resigned from politics to become a lecturer at the Da’wa and Jihad University in Peshawar. The video further states that he supported the Taliban when it came to power. The following are the main points of the video:
Sheikh Yasser devoted most of his address to the topic of religious scholars, saying that the Islamic world needs religious scholars who are also jihad fighters, like those of the Taliban. He called on religious scholars to be faithful to the truth and not to fear imprisonment – just as he himself did not fear it, but established a group of religious scholars and preachers who carried out martyrdom operations for the sake of Allah.
Turning to the topic of the Americans, he called the American an infidel who is fighting the Muslims, and said that it is therefore incumbent on all Muslims to fight him everywhere. He argued that were this not the case, i.e. if the “Crusaders and the Jews” were not regarded as infidels who are fighting the Muslims, it would mean that in today’s world there is no infidel who is fighting the Muslims, and that all the Koranic verses that say “Kill them” and “Fight them” were obsolete – and this cannot be. Consequently, he called on religious scholars to issue fatwas that, at the very least, designate the Americans as infidels, in order to clarify that their conflict with the Muslims is religious rather than political.
On the topic of Iraq, Yasser said: “The attack on Iraq has opened the door for victory and jihad in Iraq, which used to be one of the weaker countries in terms of Islamic and jihadist awakening. [In the past,] no one could have imagined that a group of jihad fighters would rise up and oppose the American imperialism so [mightily].” He added that the establishment of a jihad front in Iraq had solved a problem for the Arab youth: In the past, they had had to travel to Afghanistan in order to embark on jihad, which posed difficulties in terms of distance and language, but today Allah has given them an opportunity to wage jihad close to home. Yasser went on to say that the American presence in Iraq serves the interests of the jihad fighters, since the Americans have fallen into a trap – the longer they stay in Iraq, the heavier the losses they incur in money, human life and morale.
At the end of the interview, Yasser called on all Muslims to join jihad, because it is “a path to victory and glory.” He said: “If a group of Taliban and Al-Qaeda [fighters] has managed to shake up the West and its leaders, [think] what will happen if all of you followed the path of jihad and stood up to the West as one. Would the infidels be in a position to toy with us [then]?”
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